Las Vegas SightseeingThere are other ways to spend time and money in Las Vegas than inside a casino during a vacation or business trip. A daylong sightseeing tour of the city and nearby attractions can be a relaxing intermission from a hectic agenda of casino hopping, checking out various restaurants and shows.
Aerial Tours Air tours of the Grand Canyon or Lake Mead area are available from Las Vegas or Boulder City for those looking for a different kind of airlines and air flights. The following list represents a sampling of companies available and is provided for information only: Grand Canyon Airlines , (702) 835-8484 or (866) 235-9422; Maverick Helicopters, (702) 261-0007 or (888) 261-4414; and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters , (702) 736-7243 or (888) 635-7272.
Boat ToursA combination tour of Hoover Dam and a cruise on Lake Mead is offered by Lake Mead Cruises; phone (702) 293-6180 to get in some time on the water between airline flights.
Bus, Four-wheel-drive and Van ToursMissing35mm/iStockphoto.com
Guided bus tours of downtown and surrounding points of interest, including the Grand Canyon's South and West Rims, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead, are offered by Gray Line Las Vegas; phone (702) 739-7777 or (877) 333-6556.
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AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
Clark County's sales tax is 8.25 percent. The county also imposes a 12 percent tax on lodgings, with an additional 1 percent tax for properties within the city of Las Vegas boundaries.
311, or (702) 828-3111 (also valid for TTY)
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, (702) 733-8800; MountainView Hospital, (702) 962-5000; Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, (702) 853-3000; Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, (702) 961-5000; University Medical Center, (702) 383-2000; Valley Hospital Medical Center, (702) 388-4000.
3150 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109. Phone:(702)892-0711 or (877)847-4858
McCarran International Airport (LAS) is about 10 miles south of downtown Las Vegas via Las Vegas Boulevard and 3.5 miles south of the Las Vegas Convention Center via Paradise Road, just a few minutes' drive from the Strip's southern end. One of the nation's busiest airports, it serves most major airlines.
Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (702) 262-7700 for the airport, (800) 654-3131 for the Strip.
Greyhound Lines Inc., 200 S. Main St., is the major bus company serving Las Vegas; phone (702) 384-9561.
Major cab companies include Ace, (702) 888-4888; Checker/Yellow Cab/Star, (702) 873-8012; and Whittlesea Blue Cab, (702) 384-6111. Base activation fee is $3.50 and $2.88 for each mile, plus 54 cents for every minute the cab is waiting or traveling under 8 to 12 mph. Trips to the airport incur a $2 surcharge. Payment by credit card incurs a fee of $3.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) provides bus service to most parts of the city. The most useful to visitors are the Deuce double-decker buses serving the Strip. The buses operate 24 hours daily, run every 7-10 minutes and stop at nearly every Strip hotel property.